Plan4Health logoAPA's widely successful Plan4Health program continued to promote planning for healthy communities and chronic disease prevention in 2017 with Planners4Health. By bridging APA chapters and divisions, Planners4Health offered a new approach to advancing practice at the intersection of public health and planning.

Participating APA chapters created cross-disciplinary task forces to further develop policies, partnerships, and place-based programs connecting health and planning in states and regions. The program served both as an opportunity to disseminate lessons learned from previous Plan4Health work and a chance to sustain the health agenda within APA.

Planners4Health Curriculum

A cornerstone of Planners4Health is a six-part curriculum series guiding members through each step of the project. Five of six sessions are available for On Demand CM credit:

Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape CM | 1.5

Session Two: What We Measure Matters: Metrics, Data, Sources, and Methodologies CM | 1.5

Session Three: Applying an Equity Lens CM | 1.5

Session Four: Building Coalitions and Engaging the Community (closed session for grantees at NPC)

Session Five: Communications: Framing, Messaging, and Marketing CM | 1.5

Session Six: Sustaining Momentum CM | 1.5

APA is grateful for support from Prevention Institute to develop this series. Prevention Institute is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California, bringing cutting-edge research, practice, and analysis to today's most pressing health and safety concerns.

Healthy Planning Online Course

You asked — we listened! This new, one hour course lays out the key facts planners and public health professionals need to know about one another's fields and the actions they can take to connect their work. Take the course yourself and share it with your colleagues, students, and peers — it's free!

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The Plan4Health project leverages planners' roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes. Anchored by American Planning Association (APA) chapters and American Public Health Association (APHA) affiliates, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions.

Plan4Health is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and managed through APA's Planning and Community Health Center

For more information about the work of Plan4Health awardees, please visit